321 Planning inquiries to be held in public subject to certain exceptions
321 Planning inquiries to be held in public subject to certain exceptions

(1)     This section applies to any inquiry held under section 320(1), paragraph 6 of Schedule 6 or paragraph 5 of Schedule 8.

(2)     Subject to subsection (3), at any such inquiry oral evidence shall be heard in public and documentary evidence shall be open to public inspection.

(3)     If the Secretary of State is satisfied in the case of any such inquiry—

(a)     that giving evidence of a particular description or, as the case may be, making it available for inspection would be likely to result in the disclosure of information as to any of the matters mentioned in subsection (4); and

(b)     that the public disclosure of that information would be contrary to the national interest,